OBITUARY

Loretta M. Roberge

July 5, 1931January 31, 2021

Loretta Mae (Fielding) Roberge reunited with her beloved husband of 50 years Albert “Buttsie” Roberge on January 31, 2021. She was born in Honolulu Hawaii July 5, 1931 while her father was in the Navy but lived in her Mohegan homelands on land that her father owned for the remainder of her life. She graduated from Norwich Free Academy; attending with many of her Mohegan family members. She was a proud mother of 7 children: Laurence Roberge and wife Susan, Lynn Malerba and husband Paul, Elizabeth Roberge, Patricia Roberge and husband Karim Gittens, Michelle Fusco and husband David, Jeanette Ziegler and husband Louis and Suzette Antoniac and husband Ronald. She was the proud grandmother of 12 grandchildren: Kelly Wilson, Nicole Roberge, Daniel Roberge, Elizabeth Malerba, Angela Malerba, Mark Fusco, Christopher Fusco, Richard Gittens, Lucas Roberge, Brandon Roberge, Sydnie Ziegler and Ryan Ziegler. And she was fortunate to have 7 great grandchildren: Emma, Lyla, Fordson, Landon, Taylor, Connor, Charlotte Mae and an 8th on the way, Ava Lynn. While raising this big family and for years later, Loretta pursued a career doing what she did best – she went to work with children at Mohegan school as a teacher’s aide, ensuring that children who needed additional attention were cared for and encouraged to do their best. Just last year one of her former students surprised her by buying her breakfast. She treasured the lifelong friendships she made there and continued to speak with her friends regularly. Loretta descended from a long line of Mohegan Chiefs and important cultural figures. Her immediate family and her Mohegan cousins were an integral part of her life. She spent 30 years on the Mohegan Tribal Council (most of which were volunteer) at a time when the tribe had to pay dues to keep its government running. She and her contemporaries were responsible for attaining federal recognition of our continued existence, developing the first two phases of Mohegan Sun, protecting our sacred sites, passing on our culture and developing the services that our tribal members enjoy. For these reasons, Loretta holds the title of Nonner (Elder Woman of Respect). Our Medicine Woman Melissa Tantaquidgeon Zobel reflected on her efforts: “Her great love for so many and her generosity of spirit is legendary and I will cherish the honor of knowing her. That spirit is now deeply imbedded in Mohegan, forever. Her will was a powerful thing to behold and it is now part of the annals of great leadership of our amazing little nation that she helped raised from the ashes thru her belief and will alone”. Her tribal name was Ponemah which was bestowed upon her by our Medicine Woman and translated means “She who sees beauty in all”. That was such a fitting name given her belief in the goodness of everyone. Loretta was predeceased by her mother and father, Burrill and Vivian Fielding and her sisters: Meryl Heberding, Beryl Plante, Marie Gellner and Margaret LaVigne. In addition to her immediate family she is survived by many nieces and nephews, life-long friends, especially Maureen Rice who she met in high school, as well as her much beloved extended Mohegan Family. Our family especially wants to recognize our sister Liz for being our Mom’s primary care provider, protector and “quaranteam”, the staff on CCU and 4.2 at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital for their wonderful care during these last weeks and her long time physicians, Dr. Naomi Nomizu and Dr. Peter Milstein. Services will be private with just her children and grandchildren in attendance due to the COVID pandemic. In lieu of flowers we ask you to please consider a donation to Montville Social Services or to the Albert “Buttsie” and Loretta Roberge Fund at the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut.

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Paula Kenney

February 12, 2021

I was so sorry to hear of Loretta's passing. I knew her through the Montville School System. She was such a wonderful lady.

Ron Antoniac

February 5, 2021

Loretta will always be remembered for her kindness and the love she gave to us all will be treasured. I will miss getting your favorite doughnuts ar Flanders Loretta....rest in peace now.
Ronnie

Peter & Kathie Schultz

February 4, 2021

From a Tribal perspective, Loretta was the embodiment of “ Our Better Angels” much like her namesake before her . I wonder what they are all talking about up there.

Peter & Kathie Schultz

MaryEllen Harrington

February 3, 2021

My deepest sympathy to all of you. I'm so very sorry to read of your mom's passing. Being in your mom's care as a child was a privilege, and I have so many happy memories of my time at your house. I will never forget your parents welcoming me as a member of your family. I was a child who was afraid of everything, and your mom treated me with understanding and compassion. Eventually she even taught me to ride a bicycle! Thanks to your mom (and entire family) I enjoy so many happy childhood memories. Wishing all of you strength in your time of grief.

MaryEllen (Piechowski) Harrington

Tim and Donna Costello

February 3, 2021

Our deepest condolences to all of the Roberge family. We have many happy memories with many of you, especially Liz, and expect that Loretta will join the card table with Buttsie, Len and Katch in heaven. God bless, she will be missed.

Krista Depukat

February 3, 2021

To Michelle and Family,

We are sadden to hear about the loss of your mother. Sending you all our deepest sympathy, and comforting hugs. May the memories help you all during this time. She seemed like a remarkable woman. May she be at peace.

Love to all,
David & Krista Depukat

Susan Derbacher

February 2, 2021

Dear Michelle, Dave & Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May you be warmed by the memories and moments shared with your mother and find comfort in the days ahead.
With sympathy,
Susan Derbacher

Dru Coleman

February 2, 2021

Beautiful lady , created a beautiful family, may God bless you all. Condolences of the highest order.

Suzette Antoniac

February 2, 2021

Elizabeth Roberge

February 2, 2021

Mom, it was an honor and privilege to be your daughter and companion. My heart will forever miss you and our routines. I am lost without you, but comforted that you and Dad are together in eternal joy.
All my love,
Elizabeth

FROM THE FAMILY